Once you have identified the printed material you need by using Library Search you should take a note of the collection name and classmark. For example: Main Collection HB103 D45.
Use the Library floor plans to identify the floor that the collection is on and then use the classmark to find the item on that floor.
For Main Collection books and journals, there is a simple rule:
Classmarks beginning with:
A - HA on the 3rd floor
HB - JV on the 2nd floor
JX - Z on the 1st floor
Special collections such as Statistics, IGO or Government publications are marked on the relevant Library floor plan.
Course Collection books are all on the ground floor. The VHS and DVD collection is at the very end of the stacks by the photocopiers.
Only LSE staff and students have access to the Course Collections during term time.
The majority of the Library's collections are available on the open shelves.
There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed storage, e.g. historical LSE PhD theses, pamphlets, UN documents.
Items can be identified through Library Search and include:
Microform and microfilm
Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
LSE PhD theses
UN documents and US Federal Government documents - ask staff for advice on specialist finding tools for these collections
You are able to view material from these closed stores by requesting staff fetch them for you. Fill in the paper form available from staff - who can assist you if you need help.
Staff collect requested materials from the closed stores Monday to Friday at the following times:
The requested items can then be collected from the service counter at least 60 minutes later and will be held there until the end of the day (or the date specified by you on the form).
Items can only be used within the Library and must be returned to the Service Counter before it closes.
Please note that Archives and The Women’s Library collections will need to be requested and viewed from the fourth floor reading room.